Business and Biodiversity: oekom verlag

oekom verlag

oekom – the name says it all: The publishing house puts knowledge into action! oekom not only supplies information on sustainability and the protection of the environment through its publications. These issues are also of great importance in all management decisions in particular with respect to biodiversity.

oekom verlag is the leading publisher for sustainability topics in German-speaking countries. Its nine journals, its rapidly growing booklist, its numerous brochures as well as its online media bring together more than 2500 authors, cooperation partners and promotors of all groups of society. With its unique network and its professional team the publisher concentrates specialist know-how and potential in order to realize sustainable initiatives and ideas.

As a pioneer among publishing houses oekom assures an ecological production of all its publications and a sustainable business life. The member of the ‘Biodiversity in Good Company’ Initiative audits and optimizes its environmental protection activities concerning the aspect of biodiversity conservation according to the Leadership Declaration. oekom’s sustainability representatives, working side by side with the business management, are responsible for safeguarding sustainability and are in control of the impact the business’ activities have on biodiversity. Recycling paper certified with the eco label "Blue Angel" and cooperations with environmentally friendly printing companies are eco standards at oekom. Furthermore, employees go on business trips by train (even at distances over 400 km), the company purchases green energy from a certified provider. Being one of Germany’s first publishing houses to compensate for its CO2 emissions oekom contributes actively to climate protection and therefore to the conservation of biological diversity by avoiding, reducing and compensating for harmful emissions.

Taking over the role of a multiplicator by disseminating information on sustainable publishing oekom has started the initiative „ Green Publishing – New enviromental standards for the publishing branch“ („Nachhaltig Publizieren – Neue Umweltstandards für die Verlagsbranche“) in 2011. As part of this, oekom carried out two projects in cooperation with the ifeu – Institute for Energy and Environmental Research, the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW), Oekopol – Institute for Environmental Strategies as well as the Frankfurt Book Fair. Both projects were promoted by the Federal Environment Ministry. The new eco label "Blue Angel for sustainable printing products" (RAL-UZ 195) is the main outcome of these projects (for more information see ). Thus, oekom has managed to establish business standards for the protection of biodiversity and the environment within the whole media industry. The publishing house itself leads by example and implements all matters of the initiative „Green Publishing“.



FactBox oekom verlag

Munich, Germany

Major products
Publications, Communications Services

Global turnover 2018

Global employees 2019
38 + publisher


Further information & good practice

The oekom verlag featured in our newsletter 3/2015

Green Publishing (PDF)